Lupinus LIGHT PURPLE LUPIN –
Light purple spires. 60-90cm. Lupinus LIGHT PURPLE LUPIN enjoys Full Sun. Frost hardy
– Height with flowers: Flower spires 90cm approx. with the foliage clump approx 30cm. high.
– Width: Each plant forms a dense clump of foliage to 70cm. diameter approx. with multiple flower spires.
Growing in the Garden
– Position: In cooler districts Full Sun produces the tallest and most prolific flowers. But in hotter districts Lupins will also flourish and bloom beautifully in Part Shade, as long as there are good light levels or Dappled Sun.
– Soil: Lupin clumps are long lived and hardy. So it is worth getting the spot right first. They prefer a slightly acidic soil, with good compost, but no fresh manure. Though they are renowned for being able to tolerate infertile soil, they certainly reward good feeding with bigger better and more flowers. They love fertilizer rich in phosphorous and low in nitrogen. They love good drainage and dislike soggy conditions.
– Frost: Extremely frost hardy in hard frosts to well below -10C.
– Growth: Perennial clump.
– Fragrant: Flowers are lightly scented with a honey like fragrance.
– Beneficial for wildlife: Bees just adore the pea like flowers, and one stem is a feast.
– Deer & Rabbit resistant: Joy – Lupins contain alkaloids which make the leaves and stems bitter and resistant to rabbit and deer munching.
Easy low care
– Care: Easy care and low maintenance.
Cut back spent flower stems, so preventing the clump from setting seed. This will prolong the flowering season, and persuade your clump to repeat with yet more flower spikes. If happy and deadheaded they will produce a second, though lesser, flush of flowers again in autumn. For continued top flower production your clump should be divided need to be divided after five years approximately.
– Origin: The wildflower, Lupinus polyphyllus, arrived in Britain from North America in 1826. It was a simple, small spike of mainly blue flowers.